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Rally Catalunya: SS1 - Loeb top.

SS1 La Mussara 1 (20.48km): Loeb fastest through a cold and slippery SS1; Sordo second; Duval third; Hirvonen fourth after 'terrible' run; Mikkelsen fifth; Aava sixth - despite tapping a barrier; Gardemeister spun; Ostberg spun; Wilson had brake problems; Ogier heads the JWRC category; Loeb leads the overall event by 1.5 seconds.

NB. All the main runners opted for Pirelli's harder compound tyre - except the works Subaru's of Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson and Brice Tirabassi.


Stage times and overall standings after SS1.

Top ten stage times for SS1:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 11mins 17.3secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 01.5secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 07.0secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 07.2secs M
5. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 13.6secs A8
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 17.6secs A8
7. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 19.8secs MT
8. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 23.3secs M
9. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 26.4secs M
10. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 27.6secs M


Overall times after SS1:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 11mins 17.3secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 01.5secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 07.0secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 07.2secs M
5. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 13.6secs A8
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 17.6secs A8
7. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 19.8secs MT
8. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 23.3secs M
9. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 26.4secs M
10. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 27.6secs M
11. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 31.0secs M
12. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 35.3secs MT
13. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 37.1secs MT
14. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 37.6secs A8
15. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 38.4secs MT
16. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 42.0secs A8
17. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 43.5secs A8
18. Peter Jr van Merksteijn Ford Focus RS WRC 06 +00mins 51.3secs A8
19. Peter van Merksteijn Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +00mins 52.5secs A8
20. Gareth Jones Subaru Impreza WRC S12B +00mins 55.7secs A8


Overall JWRC after SS1:

1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen C2 S1600 12mins 13.7secs J
2. Michal Kosciuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 +00mins 14.9secs J
3. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +00mins 17.6secs J


Notable retirements:

None.


* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
J - denotes Junior WRC entry.


all times unofficial


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